If you’re looking for a dream home with a difference, a gorgeous church conversion could be just the thing.
With beautifully high ceilings, magnificent windows and splendid architectural style, a building steeped in spiritual history could be just waiting to welcome you as your new home.
Many churches have been sensitively converted to retain original features but with all the mod cons and high tech comforts today’s discerning homeowners require.
Take a pew and a look through some of the best church conversions on the market.
This glamorous two-bed, semi-detached conversion in Chingford, London, has transformed a Grade II listed Victorian church into a real wow-factor pad. Featuring double-height ceilings, magnificent stained glass windows and original oak doors, the building has been brought into the 21st century with an elegant spiral staircase and mezzanine level leading to two en-suite bedrooms, complete with dressing rooms. Downstairs, the open-plan living space makes for a fabulous entertaining zone, while outside there’s a private garden and additional space for two cars to park out front.
Formerly Holy Trinity Church, this nine-bed conversion in Berkshire is nestled within an acre of grounds and surrounded by countryside. Sensitively converted to retain many of the building’s beautiful period features, this home boasts all the latest futuristic tech, too. A smart system controls everything from the lighting levels to the automatic window blinds. There’s also a cinema, gym, creative studio and office. And if you’re in need of additional space for guests to bed down, a coach house in the grounds includes two extra apartments for friends and family to enjoy.
Set on the third floor of a suitably grand church conversion, this light and airy two-bed flat features some stunning original features. The main bedroom has a turret en-suite shower room with beautiful arched window frames, as does the main bathroom and kitchen. Situated near to Archway and Tufnell Park tubes, it has great transport links and the shops, bars and restaurants of Highgate, Camden Town and Hampstead are easily accessible.
Brimming with character and filled with all the latest fixtures and fittings, this beautifully light and airy conversion can be found in the popular residential area of Eldwick. Perched on top of a hill with amazing views over the surrounding countryside, this three-bed semi has ample space for parking and an easy-to-maintain garden. Downstairs, the open plan living space is great for family life and entertaining, while upstairs, three light-filled double bedrooms and an office are all decorated to the highest standards.
This exquisite penthouse apartment, built into an 1870s Methodist church, is set over two floors and boasts outstanding countryside views. The vaulted ceilings feature beautiful beams throughout and there’s a large open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area that’s perfect for entertaining. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a private terrace and access to large communal gardens, this conversion would make a wonderful home for young professionals.
This gorgeous three-bed terrace has been converted from a church built back in 1863. Bright, light, airy and spacious, it has a huge 43ft long open plan kitchen reception room, which leads on to a private garden. Upstairs, there are two double bedrooms and a huge third floor room which takes over the whole of the top floor. With plenty of storage and off-street parking, it’s a well-thought out property brimming with period features, an abundance of light and clever design.
This lovely converted chapel can be found in the sought after village of Southrepps in Norwich. With mature gardens leading on to the surrounding countryside, it’s a rural dreamhouse with real wow factor. Featuring a large, double-height ceiling, the open-plan living area comprises a lounge, dining area and hand-built kitchen with beautiful oak beams. The property also has three double bedrooms (with the master en-suite) and a family bathroom. There’s a gravel driveway providing ample room for parking - and permission to extend has already been granted for any buyers looking to expand on the space.
Built in 1825, this charming conversion in the Grade II listed Lady Hungington’s Chapel is split into three levels. Perfect for family-living, it features a large, light and airy lounge with original windows and beams at the top of the house, leading up to a dining area and kitchen. On the lower levels are three bedrooms (the master with an en-suite) and a family bathroom. Situated in the village of Lower Broadheath, two village pubs, a village green and large common are just a stone’s throw away.
Built in 1835, this well-proportioned five bedroom home boasts two reception rooms (that’s a lounge for grown-ups and one for the kids), a large kitchen-dining area, four double bedrooms and a fifth that could double up as an office. With a large, easy-to-look-after garden and plenty of room for parking, it’s an ideal family home in the market town of Raunds.
Nestled in the Cotswolds, this ecclesiastical-style building from the 1870s was actually once used as a school. Retaining beautiful, original features, including stained glass windows and parquet flooring, the building was converted into a four-bed house in 2017. Providing the perfect family retreat for those looking for a rural location, it has a large, open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area on the ground floor, alongside a lovely snug. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a large garden looking out over fields, it’s an idyllic home in this much sought-after location.
Over at the top end of the market for those with serious budgets, this five-bed semi-detached church in Fulham is available for £19.5m. Converted from The College of The Chapel of St Mark, this particular building has a rather special history. Commissioned by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s son, Derwent, it was designed by architect Edward Blore, who also worked on Buckingham Palace, and was completed in 1841.
Spread over a whopping five floors of accommodation, this conversion features double and triple-height ceilings. The vast, beautifully-lit hall on the ground floor features a stunning lounge complete with pillars, which leads through to an office with a private door onto the garden. In the lower-ground level there’s a high tech kitchen and dining area with beautifully curved banquette seating. The master bedroom has a large dressing room and en-suite bathroom and there are a further four large bedroom suites. There’s even a spa, swimming pool and media room for a little pampering me-time.
Coincidentally, the other half of this very same church is also up for sale at the same time. Spread over five floors of accommodation and featuring double and triple height ceilings, the sense of scale here is huge. With a generous principal bedroom suite, including a large dressing room, en suite bathroom and four further well-proportioned guest suites, there's plenty of room for family and friends to stay. On the first floor there’s a fantastic 37ft x 30ft reception room complete with a music area and study. This home also comes with a swimming pool, library, fully equipped cinema room and private bar, so it's got everyone's entertainment needs covered, lockdown or no lockdown.
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